Bill Henderson

iFi_Nano_iDSD-11

I’ve always been a fan of digital audio converters (DAC). They can make good headphones and earphones sound better by bringing out the best they have to offer. Audio listening is only as good as the weakest link, so if you’re wondering whether those expensive headphones can sound as good as advertised, upgrading the DAC [...]

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Campfire_Audio_2

Is it me or does the name “Campfire Audio” sound a like bit like an oxymoron? High-end audio and the natural world of a camp fires don’t seem to go together—or do they? When you consider that nothing is more organic or natural as sound, then maybe comparing sound to fire isn’t much of a [...]

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Braven_BRV_1M_3

I've reviewed my share of Braven speakers and have liked—or really liked—them all. I will soon review the MONSTER (caps mine) Braven BRV-XXL. That’s going to be fun. However, it’s 20 lbs! Not exactly sized for lugging around even though it’s made for outdoor use. Enter the much smaller (and lighter) Braven BRV-1M. At first [...]

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Audioengine_HD6_6

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Audioengine. Their products—from the small A2+ to the larger A5+ speakers— are solidly built, affordable without being cheap, and sound terrific. What’s not to like? When I reviewed the A5+ speakers, I talked about how massive they were in both weight and sound. I used to think [...]

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Paww_WaveSound_7

Most travelers who are familiar with noise-canceling headphones usually think of Bose first because Bose is considered one of the best noise-canceling headphones available. However, there are many other players in this market with more coming every year. Paww is a new challenger with the Paww WaveSound 2 headphone. When looking at the box of the WaveSound 2, [...]

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Phiaton_PS202NC_1

Phiaton is one of those audio companies that constantly and consistently releases new models of interesting earphones and headphones. Just when you’ve gotten used to one headphone, it’s been discontinued and another has taken its place. Their headphones and earphones are also some of the prettiest designs available, although the earphone’s beauty is mostly hidden [...]

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Denon-HEOS-HS2_1

Audio company Denon has gone after multi-room speaker maker Sonos in a big way with their revamped HEOS HS2 line of speakers. When I reviewed the original Heos 1 wireless speaker, one of my complaints about it was it lacked Bluetooth—unless you bought the Heos Go Pack, a $100 addition which also included a rechargeable [...]

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iRoar_2

Creative just won’t leave it alone. First they came out with the Sound Blaster Roar speaker which put almost all other Bluetooth speakers to shame. Then came the Sound Blaster Roar 2 which was 20% smaller, yet improved on the original Roar in almost every way. Now, they’ve dropped the Sound Blaster name entirely and [...]

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Fugoo_XL_11

Over a year ago, I reviewed the small, but tough and waterproof Fugoo Bluetooth speaker. It became my choice when I need to just grab a speaker and go. It's not the best sounding portable speaker—that honor goes to the incredible and more expensive Bowers & Wilkins T7—but it does sound great and is one [...]

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Braven_BRV_XXL_3

If you thought the rugged Braven BRV-HD was big, think again. The new Braven BRV-XXL Bluetooth speaker is more: more bigger, more louder, more tougher and even more wetter. Yes, that’s bad english, but you get the picture. With the BRV-XXL, Braven has created an outdoor speaker that can be easily carried because of its [...]

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Archt One_1

I’m an art director by trade, so I pay almost as much attention to the design of an item as how it performs. Maybe that’s why I’m an unapologetic Apple fan boy. I’m also obsessed with audio gear, so when a new speaker comes out and doesn’t look like anything else, I notice. Archt (pronounced [...]

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Raumfeld_9

My father was in the US Air Force, so I grew up as a service brat living around the globe. Many service families residing in Europe (I lived in England), from the 50s to the 70s bought German audio products because they were beautiful, affordable and well built. Ours was a Telefunkin stereo with removable [...]

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Paww_Soundbar10_1

Although I’ve had my issues with portable Bluetooth speakers, I’ve grown to appreciate the convenience of having one around. It’s gotten to the point that I almost always have one playing either in the kitchen, bathroom or outdoors cooking. They’ve become indispensable to my daily life. And even though their audio quality can’t measure up to [...]

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Edifier_Rave_MP700_3

The Gadgeteer has reported and reviewed some of Edifier’s speakers and come away impressed—as much as by their design as their sound. One look at the Luna Eclipse or Spinnaker speakers tells you all you need to know. Now Edifier has taken a step back—and forward—by releasing the retro-inspired RAVE MP700 portable Bluetooth speaker. This [...]

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SecuPower_5 Port USB Hub_6

It's come to this. In today's ever-increasing reliance on powered smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth speakers and any other gadget we're addicted to, they have one thing in common: they all require charging. If you have a family, charging can become a hassle when outlets around the house get clogged with charging plugs. It's similar to not [...]

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